Between Two Worlds: Transgender Day of Remembrance 2021

Between Two Worlds: Transgender Day of Remembrance 2021 November 15, 2021

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is an annual observance on November 20th of every year that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. To remember until we all get accepted for just being us, human beings.

The 20th of November each year is a very solemn reminder of that. I write about this every year, and participate in an observance every November 20th at Circle Sanctuary. This year, again, because of the pandemic, it will be online.

What is the Transgender Day of Remembrance? Quoted from Wikipedia:

“The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorates all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester’s death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.”

This year is the 23rd anniversary of TDoR.

“The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people – sometimes in the most brutal ways possible, it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.” Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith

The data is collected from the first day of October to the last day of September each year. That way the data is accurate for the vigil on November 20th of each year. I want to publicly thank admins Mika Ellen Orzech, Anna-Jayne Metcalfe and Corrine Jutz for their work in the Facebook group Trans Violence News. I’d also like to mention Kelli Anne Busey of, for her help in posting a lot of these deaths.

Public domain image by katlove via Pixabay.

This reporting period there were 409 reported deaths of transgender people worldwide. Only the deaths that are reported are used. There are many, many more that go unreported each year. 

Range October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021

Data is from TransLivesMatter 

Argentina:   17

Australia:      2

Azerbaijan:   1

Belgium:       1

Bolivia:         3

Brazil:         143

Canada:         1

Chile:            4

Columbia:    27

Costa Rica:    1

Ecuador:        7

El Salvador:   4

France:           7

Germany:       1

Greece:          1

Guatemala:    2

Haiti:             1

Honduras:     5

India:           10

Italy:             5

Japan:           1

Malawi:        1

Mexico:       59

Netherlands:  1

Nicaragua:     1

Pakistan:        8

Peru:              5

Philippines:    3

Portugal:        1

Russia:          2

South Korea: 1

Spain:            1

Turkey:          4

United Kingdom:  5

Uruguay:        1

United States:  69

Venezuela:      3

USA Deaths:  69

Felycya Harris  33, shot in Augusta, Georgia 3 Oct 2020

Brooklyn DeShauna Smith  20, shot in Shreveport, Louisiana 7 Oct 2020

Sara Blackwood  29, shot in Indianapolis, Indiana 11 Oct 2020

Angel Haynes (“Angel Unique”)  25, shot in Whitehaven, Memphis, Tennessee 25 October 2020

Skylar Heath  20, shot in Liberty City, Miami, Florida  4 Nov 2020

Fendi Monezah Armstrong (“Peaches”) 39, shot in Lithonia, Georgia 12 Nov 2020

Yunieski Carey Herrera (“Yuni”) 34, stabbed in Miami, Florida 17 Nov 2020

Asia Jynae Foster  22, shot in Houston, Texas  20 Nov 2020

Kimberly Susan Fial  55, stabbed in San Jose, California  22 Nov 2020

Chae Meshia Simms (“ChaeChae”)  30, shot in Richmond, Virginia  23 Nov 2020

Myliah Monae Mullen  no age given, suicide in Baltimore, Maryland  20 Dec 2020

Courtney (“Eshay”) Key  25, shot in Chicago, Illinois  25 Dec 2020

Alexandria Winchester  24, shot in the Bronx, New York  26 Dec 2020

Kimberly Patricia Cope (“Kim”)  40, not reported in Athens, Georgia  27 Dec 2020

Bonaire Black (“Bonni”)  18, not reported in Atlanta, Georgia. 31 Dec 2020

Tyianna “Davarea” Alexander  28, shot in Chicago, Illinois  6 Jan 2021

Samuel Edmund Damian Valentin  no age given, shot in Trujillo, Puerto Rico  9 Jan 2021

Natasha Kieanna  37, not reported in Detroit, Michigan 12 Jan 2021

Bianca Bankz (“Muffin”)  no age given, murdered in Atlanta, Georgia  17 Jan 2021

Dominique Jackson  30, shot in Jackson, Mississippi  25 Jan 2021

Sandie Crisp (“Goddess Bunny”)  61, COVID-19 in Los Angeles, California  27 Jan 2021

Fifty Bandz  21, shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana  28 Jan 2021

Alexus Braxton (Kimmy Icon Braxton)  age 45, murdered in Miami, Florida  4 Feb 2021

Alexander Blake VanDalsen  21, not reported in Lafayette, Indiana  9 Feb 2021

Chyna Carrillo  24, beaten and stabbed in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania  18 Feb 2021

Jeffrey Bright (“JJ”)  16, shot in Ambridge, Pennsylvania  21 Feb 2021

Jasmine Bright (“Jazzy”)  22, shot in Ambridge, Pennsylvania  21 Feb 2021

Jenna Franks  34, murdered in Jacksonville, North Carolina  24 Feb 2021

Kimberly Wirtz (“Tova”)  age unknown, died in custody  in Baltimore, Maryland 26 Feb 2021

Diamond Kyree Sanders/Diamond Nicole  23, shot in Cincinnati, Ohio  3 Mar 2021

Rayanna Pardo  26, run over in Los Angeles, California  17 Mar 2021

Aidelen Evans  24, not reported  in Port Arthur, Texas  18 Mar 2021

Piper Autumn Rivers (Tegan Toxik/Tegan Last)  35, suicide in Las Vegas, Nevada  22 Mar 2021

Kim Ramirez  20-25, not reported in New York, New York 28 Mar 2021

Krys Brandon Ruiz  26, shot in Lompoc, California  28 Mar 2021

Jaida Peterson  24, shot in Charlotte, North Carolina  4 Apr 2021

Dominique Lucious  26, shot in Springfield, Missouri  8 Apr 2021

Remy Fennell  28, Shot in Charlotte, North Carolina  15 Apr 2021

Tiara Banks  24, shot in Chicago, Illinois  21 Apr 2021

Natalia Smut Lopez  24, shot in San Jose, California  23 Apr 2021

Iris Santos  22,  shot in Houston, Texas  23 Apr 2021

Tiffany Thomas  38, shot in Dallas, Texas  24 Apr 2021

Keri Washington (“Bobo”)  49, murdered in Clearwater, Florida  1 May 2021

T. Hardin  35, shot in York, South Carolina  2 May 2021

Jahaira DeAlto Balenciaga  42, stabbed in Boston, Massachusetts  2 May 2021

Whispering Wind Bear Spirit  41, shot in York, Pennsylvania  3 May 2021

Sophie Vasquez  36, shot in Brookhaven, Georgia  4 May 2021

Danny Henson  31, shot in Baltimore, Maryland  4 May 2021

Serenity Hollis  24, shot in Albany, Georgia  8 May 2021

Danielle Boachie (“Dani”)/Mistress Velvet  33, suicide in Chicago, Illinois  8 May 2021

Nona Moselle Conner  32, not reported in Washington, D.C. 13 May 2021

Giselle Hartzog/Giselle Hilton  30, not reported  in Washington, D.C.  18 May 2021

Oliver Taylor (“Ollie”)  17, shot in Gervais, Oregon  19 May 2021

Haven A Bailey  25,  suicide in Villa Park, Illinois  24 May 2021

Poe Black/Oliver Jackson (“Legion”, “Tommi”)  21,  stabbed in Slab City, California. 26 May 2021

KC Wilson  no age given, murdered in Washington, D.C.  30 May 2021

Dee Dee Thomas  42,  not reported  in New York, New York  6 Jun 2021

Tierramarie Lewis  36,  shot in Cleveland, Ohio  12 Jun 2021

Novaa Ru Watson (EJ Boykin)  23,  shot in Lynchburg, Virginia  14 Jun 2021

Rubi Dominquez  29,  run over in Arlington, Texas  16 Jul 2021

Taya Ashton  20,  shot in Suitland, Maryland  17 Jul 2021

Shai Vanderpump  23,  shot in Trenton, New Jersey  30 Jul 2021

CoCo Chanel Wortham  44,  shot in Dallas, Texas  7 Aug 2021

Pooh Johnson (“Titanizer Mua”) 25, shot in Shreveport, Louisiana 23 Aug 2021

Claire Monserrat Jackson  45, COVID-19 in Troy, Ohio  27 Aug 2021

Zoella Rose Martinez (“Zoey”)  20, murdered in Seattle, Washington  1 Sept 2021

Disaya Monaee Smith  23, shot in Dolton, Illinois  6 Sep 2021

Brianna Ulmer/Brianna Hamilton  25, shot in Chicago, Illinois 17 Sept 2021

Kier Lapri Kartier  21, shot in Arlington, Texas  30 Sep 202

Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony

Join us on Saturday, November 20 at Noon Central Standard Time for a special online ceremony honoring Transgender Day of Remembrance.  This bilingual (English & Spanish) ceremony will be facilitated by Rev. Selena Fox, Brianne Ravenwolf, and Rev. Laura Gonzalez and live-streamed to the Circle Sanctuary YouTube Channel.

About Brianne Raven Wolf
Brianne Ravenwolf has identified as Pagan from a very young age. She is an active member of Circle Sanctuary in Wisconsin. She follows a Hekatean Witchcraft Spiritual path. To relax, she likes to walk, camp and hike as much as possible in very rural areas. You can read more about the author here.

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